Unified Sports Track and Field team experienced a superb spring season

Unified Sports Track and Field team experienced a superb spring season

Another athletic season for Unified Sports was another highly successful season at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

This spring, Bridgewater-Raritan High School sponsored a Unified Sports Track and Field team, which matched the enjoyment of participation and partnership that also thrived during the Unified Sports teams earlier this school year—-soccer in the fall and basketball in the winter.

Annie Higgins, the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Teacher of Special Education-Multiple Disabilities, served as the coach of the track and field unit this spring.

The dedicated and tireless Ms. Higgins reviewed what a terrific season it was.

“This year, over 20 students participated in our Unified Track and Field team,” she said. “The team competed in three away meets. Athletes participated in 100-,  200-, and 400-meter races: the shot put, the long jump, and finally, the 4 x 100 relay. The team practiced after school at the track at Basilone Field”.

Unified Sports teams consist of students who attend special education classes and students who are involved in the Physical Education Department's Partners Program.  

Ms. Higgins explained the mission of this highly popular activity at Bridgewater-Raritan.

“Unified Sports provides a level playing field for athletes with and without disabilities. To play unified also means to compete in the same arena, regardless of gender,” Ms. Higgins stated. “Having both males and females on the same team,  With each athlete demonstrating an individual level of ability, makes for a very diverse competition, which is fun to watch!”

Ms. Higgins shared her passion for the program.

“My favorite part about coaching unified track and field is going to other schools and interacting with their unified teams. Each team demonstrates inclusion and encouragement for participating athletes.”

She concluded:

“ It’s also wonderful to see our athletes develop new skills and, therefore, increased self-confidence! Witnessing the peers’  increasing awareness of the awesomeness of their classmates with diverse abilities is just inspiring and provides hope for a future that is inclusive!”